Apr 27, 2016

Japan, China, South Korea agree to cooperate over disaster waste

Environment ministers from Japan, China and South Korea agreed Wednesday to cooperate on management and reuse of disaster waste, with Tokyo offering to share its experience from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan and other disasters. “Japan would prepare an ...

Italy oil slicks dissipate, sparing Riviera tourist beaches

Apr 25, 2016

Italy oil slicks dissipate, sparing Riviera tourist beaches

Oil slicks off the Italian Riviera have largely dissolved and no longer pose a threat to the region’s beaches, the official overseeing the cleanup operation said Sunday. “The situation in the waters between Genoa and the French border has significantly improved,” said Giovanni Pettorino, ...

175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

Apr 23, 2016

175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

Leaders from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday, a key step forward for the landmark deal, which could potentially enter into force years ahead of schedule. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, holding his young granddaughter, joined dozens of world ...

Climate change: Is the 1.5 C target a mirage?

Apr 21, 2016

Climate change: Is the 1.5 C target a mirage?

The Paris Agreement to try to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius was a stunning political victory for poor countries threatened by climate change. But scientists tasked with explaining how to get there are less than thrilled. The U.N.’s climate science panel announced ...

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Apr 21, 2016

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of the World Heritage site affected, scientists said Wednesday, as they revealed the phenomenon is also hitting the other side of the country. After extensive aerial and underwater ...

Volcanic eruptions may have tipped Europe into Dark Ages

Apr 21, 2016

Volcanic eruptions may have tipped Europe into Dark Ages

Back-to-back volcanic eruptions in the mid-sixth century darkened Europe’s skies for more than a year and may have ushered in the Dark Ages, according to finding to be presented Friday at a science conference in Vienna. “Either would have led to significant cooling of ...

City, state officials charged with hiding Flint drinking water dangers

Apr 21, 2016

City, state officials charged with hiding Flint drinking water dangers

The Flint water crisis became a criminal case Wednesday when two state regulators and a city employee were charged with official misconduct, evidence-tampering and other offenses over the lead contamination that has alarmed the nation and brought cries of racism. For nearly 18 months, ...

Apr 20, 2016

Illinois diesel fuel spill reaches Ohio River

A spill in southeastern Illinois involving more than 48,000 gallons of what appears to be diesel fuel has spread to the Ohio River. Marathon Pipe Line LLC is investigating whether the fuel is from its network and has shut down its Two Rivers pipeline ...